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(en) Australia, Anarchist Age Weekly Review #633 7th February-13th March 2005

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ODD SPOT? ----- ´Young Britons say they are more likely to vote in reality television
shows such as Big Brother than at the next general election´- Age
Odd Spot 8/3 This inclusion of this tasty little morsel in the Age
Odd Spot (8/3) says more about the Age than it says about young Britons.
What at first may seem an ´odd´ position for young Brits to take, is a very
logical reaction to a system of government that is democratic in name only.
When young Brits vote in a ´reality television´ show, they know
their vote counts. It´s a matter of deciding who they want to stay
and who they want booted out. When they vote in a general
election, they give a signed blank cheque to a bunch of politicians
to make decisions on their behalf for the next 5 years. A bevy of
parliamentary hopefuls can promise them the world, but have no
legal obligation to deliver. They can change their minds at anytime,
join another political party, renounce the political program they
were elected on and continue to lord it over their constituents until
the next general election.

Faced with this unpalatable truth, it´s no wonder fewer, younger
Britons want to participate in the general election than vote in a
reality television program. Tony Blair and his parliamentary cohorts
could take a leaf out of the Australian Electoral Act and make
voting compulsory. It´s about the only way, apart from offering a set
of steak knives to voters, of getting any sane person to participate in
the parliamentary farce. Parliamentary elections have as much to do
with democracy-rule of the people, by the people for the people, as
the Klu Klux Klan has to do with the struggle against racism.

Instead of lampooning young people´s opinions about the value of
participating in what is essentially a farcical exercise, it´s time that
voters took a good hard look at the democratic process and gave
some thought to the idea that instead of electing representatives to
make decisions for them, they should be making those decisions
and electing or appointing recallable delegates to carry out those
decisions on their behalf. Giving signed blank cheques to
parliamentary representatives to make decisions on our behalf for a
5-year period is neither logical nor sane, that´s why young Brits and
young Australians stay away from general elections in droves.


I´m astounded by the spineless response of the Age editorial (7/3),
the rest of the fourth estate and the Victorian Premier Steve Bracks
to the Federation Internationale de l´Automobile threat that they
will cancel the next Australian Grand Prix because Mr. Stoddart
was going to ask the Victorian Supreme Court to rule on a dispute
he had with the FIA. Irrespective of the merit of his case, it´s
extraordinary that a society that prides itself on its adherence to the
´rule of law´ buckles at the knees and grovels at the feet of the FIA
when they threaten to pack up their bat and ball and go home.

Let them take their noisy, smelly, grubby, tobacco sponsored
spectacle to some other part of the world. While the rest of us are
expected to obey the laws of the land, these sideshow spruikers
think they are above the law because they own a car race. It´s time
they were sent packing. We don´t need the bevy of minor celebrities
who have long passed their used by date, tarting up this 4-day
cigarette commercial.

The sooner Bracks and his merry band of spineless jelly fish and his
opposition counterparts tell the overgrown egos that make up this
tawdry spectacle to piss off, the better.

We should impound their toys until they restore Albert Park to its
former glory by replacing the trees they cut down. They should
compensate Albert Park protestors for the time, effort and money
they have expanded to keep the public outrage alive and they
should pay back the $110 million of taxpayers money that has been
used to bankroll what has always been a financial flop.

When they have paid up, they can have their noisy, smelly,
cigarette spruiking toys back, as long as they pay the costs
associated with impounding their vehicles and transporting them
out of Australia.


It´s admirable the NSW Premier Bob Carr is demanding the word
´respect´ re-enter the Australian vocabulary (Enough is Enough
-Herald Sun 7/3). ´Respect-deferential esteem felt or shown
towards a person or quality´. If Premier Carr and the NSW Police
Commissioner Ken Moroney are so interested in respect, maybe
they should look in their own backyard. Respect is earned not
instilled through threats or fear.

The lack of respect many Australians display towards people in
authority and those who exercise power on their behalf, is a direct
result of the attitudes and behaviour of authority figures, politicians,
corporate business, media, entertainment, religious and sporting
leaders. How can anybody respect people who lie through their
teeth, exploit the public purse, earn obscene figures by
manipulating and exploiting their workers and the taxation system,
act corruptly and never pay the price for their outrageous

These people and those who enforce their laws don´t deserve
anybody´s respect, let alone the respect of those they actively target.
Every major institution in our society, the State, the Church,
political parties, the corporate sector, major charities, parliament
and the police have recently been tainted by stories of corruption
and abuse of power. Targeting and marginalising the dispossessed,
the exploited, the working poor, minorities, indigenous Australians,
the unemployed, disability support pensioners and sole parents, is
no way to achieve respect.

If politicians occasionally told the truth, if parliamentarians stopped
trying to score cheap political points and did something for the
average Australian, if the police treated everyone equally, if high
flyers pulled their weight and paid their share of taxes, if the rich
and powerful stopped putting their individual interests before the
interests of ordinary working people who are working their guts to
keep their heads above water, maybe Carr´s and Moroney´s call for
respect would fall on fertile ground. If you sow frustration, anger,
disillusionment, fear and destroy people´s hopes for a better life,
you can´t complain when you reap the crop you have sown.


It´s fascinating to note that when interest rates went up a few days
ago, how the ALP, the community and the media carried on about
the Howard government breaking another election promise. These
people remind me of those members of the flat earth society who,
despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, continue to hold on
to the misguided belief that the earth is flat. They seem to forget
that there are 3 givens in life-death, taxes and that government will
break most, if not all, of their electoral promises.

Parliamentary politics, like religion, is an act of faith. Every 3 years,
electors are forced by legislation to give their political
representatives a signed blank cheque to make decisions on their
behalf for the next 3 years. The contractual arrangement in a
parliamentary democracy between an elector and their
representative is such a one sided affair, it would be investigated by
the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) if
such a contract was made in the business community.

These people, who sign up to the electoral process, need to
understand that electoral promises have no standing in law.
Parliamentary politics is essentially an act of faith, electors are
powerless pawns in the theatre of the absurd, purchasing tickets to
a play that may or may not bear any relationship to the advertising
material. The difference is that in real life you can complain to
consumer affairs and get your money back if the entrepreneurs who
put on the play deceived you about the production.

In parliamentary politics, the fact that electors sign a blank cheque
for 3 years, means they have no reason to complain if the Howard
government´s actions bear no relationship to the promises they
made during the recent election campaign. It´s time this one way
constitutional contract was examined and clauses be inserted into
it, that allowed electors to remove politicians from office during
their term in office, if they made no attempt to honour the promises
they made to secure office. It´s not good enough to say we can turf
them out in 3 years time. Without constitutional changes, there is
nothing stopping the next batch of parliamentary representatives
from failing to keep any of the promises they make to the electorate
during the next electoral circus.


Bolivia, South America´s poorest nation, is sending shockwaves
through the Bush administration. For the second time in 2 years, a
general strike has forced Bolivia´s President to resign. President
Carlos Mesa has handed in his resignation over new laws governing
Bolivia´s gas and oil industry which would have continued to give
the lion´s share of the profits to US owned transnational

The country wide protests have been called by the ´Movement
Towards Socialism´, the second largest political party in Bolivia´s
parliament. The ´Movement Towards Socialism´ political agenda is
based on increasing tax rates for transnational corporations from
18% to 50%. The group wants to call a constitutional convention to
reshape Bolivian society.

Bolivians have suffered for decades under the heavy hand of
successive authoritarian regimes that have taken their orders from
the US. Che Guevara died in the jungles of Bolivia executed by US
led forces in 1967. Thousands of Bolivians have been killed in the
struggle to create a more egalitarian community. While the US talks
about democracy in the Middle East, it has continued to bankroll
and support a bevy of dictators, dearth squads and authoritarian
regimes in Latin America.

Its preoccupation with the Middle East has given both reformist and
revolutionary movements in Latin America the breathing space to
create dual power situations throughout the continent. People
power is becoming a force that is making itself heard throughout
Central and South America. Strikes, occupations, vigils, blockades
and squats have become the weapons of choice for the poor and
dispossessed. Local landowners and transnational corporations are
beginning to feel the brunt of popular movements that are sweeping
across Central and South America. Bolivia, Venezuela, Argentina,
Chile, Southern Mexico, Uruguay, Colombia and Brazil are just a
few of the current hot spots in the region.

The ´Movement Towards Socialism´ in Bolivia, is a movement that
has been able to successfully mobilise the dispossessed, the
disenfranchised, the working poor and sections of the middle class
and the intelligentsia into a disciplined movement that is willing to
used direct action to both protect and extend the few liberties and
freedoms they currently enjoy.


A. Anarchists have traditionally looked at rights and liberties in 2
ways. Some believe that all rights and liberties in a non anarchist
world are illusory and meaningless. They maintain that people
enjoy rights and liberties in a non anarchist society because the
rights and liberties people are able to exercise do not pose a direct
threat to the State. If they do pose a challenge, they can be
arbitrarily removed by the declaration of a state emergency. Other
anarchists claim that liberties people enjoy in society are directly
related to post and present struggles. The islands of liberty that are
created are directly related to the intensity of the struggles people
have been involved in. The greater the pressure placed on the
corporate sector and the State, the greater the rights and liberties
that people are able to carve out for themselves.

Those anarchists, who believe that the rights and liberties we
currently enjoy are islands of freedom in a sea of tyranny, believe
struggles to both defend and extend these rights and liberties are
important elements of the struggle to create an anarchist society.
It´s not unusual for anarchists to become involved in such
struggles. With the passage of time, people tend not to exercise
those rights and liberties they take for granted. In such a climate,
it´s easy for the State to legislate away rights and liberties people
have fought and died for.

The same problem could arise in an anarchist community, rights
and liberties that are not exercised could easily be taken away.
There is nothing to stop a determined minority seizing the
instruments of power in an anarchist society. Although there is no
centralised State apparatus to seize, a determined authoritarian
minority could monopolise the decision making processes, taking
the initiative because other members of the community can´t be
bothered to exercise those rights and liberties which make an
anarchist community what it is. It´s no exaggeration to say that
eternal vigilance is the price of liberty in an anarchist society.

´PUBLICITY´ ´PUBLICITY-Public exposure.´
´PROPOGANDA-Organised propagation of a doctrine, religion,
cause etc by use of publicity.´

It´s important to think about what type of public exposure you want
for a particular issue or cause before you launch into a campaign.
The questions you have to ask yourself are:- Do you have the
confidence and experience to deal with the forth estate? Do you
need exposure in the fourth estate? Would you be better off running
your own campaign?

What you decide to do is normally linked to the scope of the
campaign. If you have the time, money and resources, it´s always
better to run your own campaign. If you don´t have the time and
resources and you think you can deal with the fourth estate, then
you craft your publicity campaign to include the fourth estate. Once
you make that decision, you run the very real risk of losing any
control you may have had over the campaign. How the community
sees you and your campaign, will be determined by the type of
media image that is projected about you by the fourth estate.

You need to understand what you are doing when you approach the
fourth estate for publicity. A good way of doing this is to ask
yourself how you would react if a transnational corporation came up
to you and asked you to publicise their cause. When you approach
the corporate controlled fourth estate, you´re asking them to put a
positive spin on a campaign that could, if successful, challenge
their legitimacy and power. With that little fact at the back of your
mind, create a media release; if necessary hold a media conference
to obtain publicity for what you´re doing. It´s highly likely that
although you´ve made the approach, it will be ignored.

If it´s not ignored, you need to realise that different media outlets
control the flow of information in different ways. Newspapers are
notoriously difficult, irrespective of what you say to them in an
interview, they have the capacity to write whatever they like.
Television is also difficult; you may find a 6-hour interview held
over 2 days is reduced to a 3 or 4-minute spot with visual material
interspersed in the television clip that has nothing to do with what
you said. Radio, especially live radio interviews, are a little easier,
what you say and how you say it is largely determined by the way
you handle the questioning. Normally the power lies in the hands of
the person who´s doing the interview, as they ask the questions and
they decide when to terminate the interview.

All in all, it´s always better to do your own publicity if you can. If
you can´t, you may have approach the very people and institutions
you´re campaigning against. In such situations, it´s always best to
enter the lion´s den intellectually prepared for battle.


The Australian union movement has gone through a number of
transitions. The relationship between unions, the State and
employers, can be a rapidly changing one. 2005 will prove to be
another milestone in the union story. In the 1880´s, the Old
Unionism was superseded by the more combative ´New Unionism´.
The old craft based unions showed a great deal of respect for
established authority and their employers. They had a great deal of
pride in their ability to do their work well and accepted that labour
and capital were partners.

The ´New Unionism´ appeared in the late 1870´s. The membership
of the new unions consisted of unskilled workers, miners, shearers,
mill-hands, waterside workers and seamen. They joined the union
movement in droves. The new unionists stressed mass membership
and favoured militant industrial action and political activity. They
were willing to take up the fight to both employers and the State.
The first of the new unions established was the Amalgamated
Miners Association. Another colossus which seemed to appear
from nowhere was the Shearers Union. On the 12th June 1886, a
shearers union was formed at Ferns Hotel in Sturat Street, Ballarat.
They joined with a similar shearers union that had been formed at
Wagga Wagga to form the Amalgamated Shearers Union. Although
another shearers union had been formed in January 1873 in
Toowoomba, it soon folded.

William Guthrie Spence was an influential figure in the
development of the ´New Unionism´. He was a foundation member
of the Amalgamated Miners Association in 1872. Spence became
one of the main intellectual forces behind the rapid growth of the
´New Unionism´. His lecture ´The Ethics of the New Unionism´
delivered to the Australian Socialist League on the 12th June 1892
was widely distributed among workers as a pamphlet.

The divisions between the new and old unionism came to a head in
1888 when some of the new unions initially refused to participate in
the Inter-Colonial Trade Union Congress. As a result of this
dispute, the Congress decided to change its name to ´break the
notions that existed with regard to tradesmen occupying a position
superior to labourers´. The 1889 Congress held in Hobart was a
result of this historic decision called the ´Trade and Labor

Harris, Uni of Queensland Press1979.
´DEATH AND DELIVERANCE ­ Euthanasia In Germany 1900
Michael BURLEIGH, Pan Books 1994, ISBN 0 330 48839 2

´Our societies stand judged by the degree of tolerance we evince
towards their most distressed or weakest members´

This is one of those extraordinary books that successfully examines
the past and has something important to say about the present and
the future. Those Australians who are disturbed by the treatment
meted out to asylum seekers in this country by both the State and
the majority of Australians, need to read this book to understand
how such policies and attitudes are inextricably linked to cultural
attitudes which developed in Australia as a consequence of the
attempted genocide of this country´s original inhabitants during the
colonisation period.

Evil does not develop in a vacuum, it marches imperceptibly within
community´s outrageous acts and become normal; the others in our
communities eventually lose their humanity in the eyes of the
majority and become dispensable throwaways.

Burleigh examines the role that State sponsored euthanasia of the
psychiatrically troubled, the physically disabled, the asylum seeker,
the petty criminal and nuisances, played in the development and
implementation of the Nazi´s ´Final Solution´. He makes the
powerful argument that individuals were commonly placed in both
private and State run asylums by families who both knew and didn´t
care about the fate that awaited those that were placed in these
asylums. Burleigh makes the important observation that the ´Final
Solution´ was able to be put into place by the Nazis because of the
cultural attitudes, infrastructures and personnel that developed as a
consequence of the State sponsored euthanasia programs that
preceded the Nazi election in 1933.

Psychiatric reform programs, a community fascination with
eugenics and government cost cutting programs, provided the
intellectual and moral arguments for a ´carefully planned and
covertly executed´ program that had the support of a legal system
and a population that preferred to turn a blind eye to what was
happening. The author documents how the ´cook and cleaner´ in
State sponsored euthanasia programs became the camp
commandment in the Nazi Holocaust. The euthanasia program
became a conduit in the Nazi era for those upwardly social mobile
elements in the euthanasia program that had become immune to
the idea that killing someone because they were a burden or a
different colour or race, was wrong.

The challenge that ´Death and Deliverance´ poses the reader, is
both immediate and forceful. In the post modern world we are all
Whether potential victims are able to be delivered from potential
perpetrators is dependant on whether bystanders choose to turn a
blind eye or whether they´re willing to resist those elements in
society that want to impose their will on others by removing those
rights and liberties that protect them from the excesses of the State
and those individuals and groups in society who want to impose
their opinions on others by the use of force. The challenge is an
intensely personal one, if we fail to rise to it, the resurrection of the
´Final Solution´ as a solution to perceived or real problems, is a
distinct one.

Try your local bookshop or a library if you want to get hold of
´´Death and Deliverance´ -a book that will touch your soul and
make an impact on your life.


One of the great things about living in Australia is the different
people you can come across. Immigrants have flooded into
Australia from different corners of the globe, each bringing their
own world view with them. A few years ago, I met a man in his
80´s; he´d immigrated to Australia from Lebanon in the 1950´s.
He´s a Sunni Muslim who a decade or so ago made the hajj-the
pilgrimage to Mecca, that circumstances permitting every
able-bodied Muslim with adequate means is expected to make at
least once in his or her lifetime.

When I bump into him, I ask him a few questions about his life.
Occasionally, because I know he has relatives in Lebanon, I´ll ask
him about what´s happening in Lebanon. Most Lebanese
immigrants in Australia are Christians who fled the civil war. It´s
unusual to meet a Sunni Muslim who was allowed into Australia in
the late 1950´s. His experiences, attitude and stories are both
interesting and informative. When I bumped into him last week, I
asked him who had assassinated the former Lebanese Prime
Minister. He said he didn´t know, but he didn´t think it was the

He thought the former Prime Minister was a great man, he told me
that he had paid for the education of over 45,000 desperately poor
Lebanese; he also provided support and money to thousands of
single mothers. Listening to him, I thought he was talking more
about the myth than the man. I prodded here and there, made a few
comments about how he made his billions; my friend wouldn´t be
drawn into that conversation. I then asked him about the Druze, I
knew little about them but knew they lived in Lebanon, Israel and
Syria. I´d become interested in them because I´d heard the name
Wally Jumblatt thrown around by the media in the last day or two.
It seems this is the same Wally Jumblatt that commanded the
Druze forces in Lebanon during the civil war. Lebanon has a
population of over 20-million made up of Sunni Muslims,
Christians, the Druze and around a million Syrian guest workers.
My friend´s face clouded over, a look of utter disgust gripped his
facial features.

-´They´re animals, animals, less than animals´

He had a better opinion of the Christian Phalangis and the Israelis,
than he had of the Lebanese Druze. He felt violated just thinking
about them. I dropped the subject and tried to find out about them
from another source. It seems their crime is that they´re neither
Muslims nor Christians. Their scriptures are based on the Koran as
well as the Bible and on Sufi writings. No wonder my little mate felt
so strongly about them. It´s amazing how many apparently sane,
ordinary people pour out racist dribble when the right buttons are
pressed. Ask any Australian how they feel about this country´s
indigenous people and see what happens.


Michelle Grattan graphically describes the bumpy road ahead for
Howard´s battlers (Ready, Senate, Go 6/3) in her balanced article
on the Howard government´s proposed Senate legislative agenda. I
was neither relaxed nor comfortable when she wrote that the OECD
argued that more reforms were vital in Australia. Reforms? Vital? I
was always under the impression that reforms were designed to
make things better. There is nothing in the Howard government´s
proposed welfare, workplace and immigration agenda that will
make things better for anyone, except possibly the corporate sector.

The welfare ´reforms´ are designed to force hundreds of thousands
of sole parents and disability support pensioners into boring,
monotonous, part time poorly paid work that nobody else is willing
to do at the moment. The industrial relations ´reforms´ are designed
to destroy the workers ability to bargain collectively. Once they can
no longer bargain collectively, conditions will be eroded and wages
will fall. The idea of a decent minimum wage will become a thing of
the past, the number of working poor will explode.

Immigration ´reforms´ that increase the number of ´guest´ workers
in the community, will increase the number of working poor in
Australia. This will make it more and more difficult for Australian
workers to actively campaign for better wages and conditions. On
every available indicator, the changes that are proposed by the
Howard government could not be described as ´reforms´-they will
not make things better for the majority of Australians.

The first name on the casualty list of Howard´s ´reform´ agenda is
Howard´s battlers; the very people that have delivered him a 4th
term in office. The changes will weaken their position and further
marginalise them in the community. The 10% of Australians who
own 80% of the shares in this country and who between them
control more than 80% of the wealth in Australia are the main
beneficiaries of the Howard government´s proposed largesse.

It´s wrong, misleading and hypocritical to use the word ´reform´ to
describe the Howard government´s legislative program. Their
agenda is a very simple one, to shift power and wealth into the
hands of those who already have more than their fair share.
Howard´s battlers, the very people who have been instrumental in
his electoral victories, will be the first to feel the cold winds of the
Howard government´s corporate reforms.

Joseph TOSCANO / Libertarian Workers For A Self-Managed

Monday 25th April 2005
171 Little Bourke St (Corner of Russell St)-Melb
The Melbourne office of the I.W.W during WWI

The aim to celebrate & commemorate the efforts of the I.W.W. in
WW1 in (unsuccessfully) opposing the war itself and (successfully)
opposing conscription & through them the efforts of the world´s
war resistors in general. All people who wish to commemorate &
celebrate such are welcome. The intention isn´t to confront the
ANZAC Day march, we won´t be organising a march down to the
Shrine etc. We hope there´ll be music & singing & possibly even
some talking (perhaps with a decentralised soapbox system rather
than a single platform.) ANZAC Day & for that matter May Day,
are in the Southern Hemisphere in the seasonal place that
Halloween is in the Northern. A good time for remembrance.

It should be noted that the IWW weren´t quietists; they didn´t reject
the use of physical violence under all circumstances. It´s part of the
cant of our times that quietism is the only valid reason for opposing
the mass-murder of national war.. & the IWW were a wake-up to
this as to most forms of cant.) The anti-war movement was of
course wider than the IWW & the anti-conscription movement
wider again. Crucial votes against conscription when the issue
came to referendum came from farmers (b/c they didn't want to
lose their labour supply) & from serving Australian soldiers...the
hostility of this latter group to conscription apart from perhaps
tipping the balance in a very close vote was also important in that it
denied the pro-conscription crowd what would´ve been a potent
propaganda weapon.

Soldiers who hadn´t yet shipped overseas were generally in favour
of conscription & were mobilized to attack anti-conscription
meetings etc. Men who´d seen battle saw it differently. However,
despite the broadness of the anti-conscription movement the IWW
played a crucial role. It was they who took the knocks & the jail
terms, as any activity likely to "prejudice recruitment" was a
criminal offence & this legislation was freely used against anti-war
& anti-conscription activists. And it was the IWW that kept
opposition to the war alive in the early days when the war was
widely popular. As the militant end of the labour movement they
played a big part in mobilizing anti-war & anti-conscription
sentiment in the broader labour & union movement, leading to the
Hughes split in the Labour Party; the IWW saw labour & anti-war
activism as essentially linked....so apparently did the Hughes govt
which encouraged the "economic draft" where employers were
encouraged to sack & refuse to hire able-bodied young men. (Ian
Turner "Labour in Eastern Australia 1900-1921"...or some such
title I don't have the book in front to me)

-Jeremy DIXON

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The 'tough' law-&-order policies of Fed & State govts have caused
an explosion in the prison population by almost 80% in the past 2
decades & are likely to cause more crime, acc to experts. The Aust
Institute of Criminology reported yesterday the number of inmates
had risen by an average 5% a year since ´84 -from 86 to 153 per
100,000 people. Indigenous Aust rate of imprisonment is 13 times
higher than the non-indigenous population. A spokesman for the
NSW Justice Minister, John Hatzistergos, said there were more
than 9000 people in NSW jails -a 50% rise since ´95 -& another
18,000 offenders being supervised in the community. It costs at
least $500 million a year to house the inmates & the govt has spent
more than $1 billion in expanding prisons & building new jails over
the past decade. A criminologist at Bond Uni, Paul Wilson, said the
rising jail population would only lead to more crime. "There´s a
continuing hardening of public & judicial attitudes towards crime,"
he said. "They´re tending to use prison as an option for crime-even
more minor crimes -rather than other alternatives ..." Prof Wilson
said imprisonment didn´t reduce rates of crime: "The use of prison
... will backfire on the public & produce more hardened criminals
when they come out," he said. Prof Wilson's also said rehab
programs were "badly funded & tokenistic". (Source: SMH)

Lawyers for 3 UK soldiers convicted of abusing prisoners in Iraq
claim they´ve been made scapegoats for more snr officers. Cpl
Daniel Kenyon, 33, was sentenced to 18 months while Lance-Cpl
Mark Cooley, 25, was given 2 years in prison. Lance-Cpl Darren
Larkin, 30, who pleaded guilty to assaulting an Iraqi prisoner, will
serve 140 days. All 3 were dismissed from the Army. Judge
Advocate Michael Hunter acknowledged the plan at Camp
Breadbasket to round up looters & punish them had gone much
further than was intended & other people involved had gone
unpunished. "It's quite possible, in the view of this court, people in
the course of that operation were hit & assaulted & others haven´t
been brought to justice & this could´ve been avoided. "The officers
on this court didn´t fully accept all the evidence given in the court
by every officer & every warrant officer & it may be there are some
of those that gave evidence whose behaviour certainly warrants
scrutiny, to say the very least," he said. Among other acts, the
soldiers forced Iraqi men to simulate sex acts & give the thumbs-up
while they took photos of them. Gen Sir Mike Jackson, the army's
chief of staff, acknowledged the Camp Breadbasket commander
Maj Taylor had broken the Geneva Convention by ordering the
looters be worked hard but this was "not a grave breach". (Source:
The Guardian [UK])

The High Court has overturned a govt immigration policy which
could´ve meant no Jewish refugees would be accepted into Aust. A
Russian father & son, who were not named in the court case, were
held to have a well-founded fear of persecution in Russia b/c they
were Jewish & b/c of the father's political activities. However the
Immigration Dept refused to grant them asylum, b/c under Israel's
racially-based Law of Return, they would´ve the right to live there.
Justice Michael Kirby said, if this was taken as a reason not to grant
someone asylum, the existence of more liberal refugee treatment
regimes in countries such as Germany meant Aust had no
obligation to protect anyone. (Source: SMH)

An Asian teenager was murdered in UK by a white racist after they
were placed in the same cell as part of a game to fulfill the
"perverted pleasure" of prison officers, a public inquiry heard today.
Duncan Keys, the Ass Gen Sec of the Prison Officers' Ass (POA),
said 19yo Zahid Mubarek was killed b/c warders at Feltham Young
Offender Institution in West London "thought it´d be funny to see
what would happen when they put a young Asian lad in with
someone who wanted to kill Asians." Mr Keyes named Nigel
Herring, the chairman of the Feltham branch of the POA at the
time Mubarek was killed, as the "instigator" of a game called
"gladiator" or "coliseum", which involved pitting inmates against 1
another & betting on which 1 would win in a fight. White inmates
would be placed with black prisoners, large prisoners with small, &
bullies would be placed together in a bid to spark conflict. Mr
Herring thought the game as funny & laughed about it Mr Keys
told the inquiry. He said: "I´d gone to the Gen Sec & the Dep Gen
Sec of my own union & I´d told them of my deep concerns & the
info I had. I was subsequently told to shut up." Fearing his union
would do nothing. Mr Keys made an anonymous phone call to the
Commission for Racial Equality in May ´04, saying Mubarek was
killed as a result of the game. He also alerted snr prison officer
officials about the practice, incl the Dir Gen of the Prisons Service,
Phil Wheatley. Mr Keys said: "I believed that a cover up was taking
place. I was just desperate to kick start an inquiry, a serious inquiry
into the info that I´d been given." Police investigated his claim but
brought no charges. In his July ´04 police interview the prison
officer told detectives he believed the game amounted to "a
conspiracy to murder". Mr Keys admitted he´d no direct evidence
linking Mubarek's murder to the gladiator-style fights. He´d heard
this from Tom Robson, a POA nat´l executive committee member
with responsibility for Feltham in 2000. He added the practice was
well known by snr union officials. Mubarak died 7 days after he was
beaten by his cellmate, Robert Stewart, in March 2000. Stewart,
now 24, was later jailed for life for murder. (Source: The Guardian

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